County Judge, Veronica Escobar

  • Shared Services Summit successful
  • Written for by Anchor/Reporter Stephanie Valle
  • EL PASO, TX -- The leaders of the 18 different governmental and taxing entities in the county got together to brainstorm new ways to work together and ultimately save taxpayer money.

  • The Shared Services Summit is the first of its kind in the state, promoting cooperation between taxing bodies.

  • Leaders hope that cooperation will reduce how often those bodies duplicate services and therefore charge taxpayers for those services.

  • "We're all interested in finding ways to save money. We're all interested in reducing the cost of government," says County Commissioner Veronica Escobar.

  • Those who attended the meeting came from El Paso City and County, Socorro, Vinton, Horizon, Anthony, and Clint. They joined representatives from the nine school districts, Thomason Hospital, and El Paso Community College.

  • The main ways the taxing bodies could save money is by combining resources in the Information Technology, Facilities Management, and Purchasing departments.

  • The commissioner tells ABC-7, reducing the cost to the taxpayer could be sharing facilities like future schools, parks, and buildings.

  • "It was the beginning of what we hope are continued relationships between governments so that we're thinking more collaboratively and efficiently along the lines of saving money in the long run," says Escobar.

  • A report detailing the governmental cooperation should be released in the next month.

  • The plan should be implemented over a year's time.

  • County Judge
    Veronica Escobar